Leg Pain Overview
While leg pain is a common occurrence after an injury, there are many nontraumatic causes of leg pain. Pain in the legs may be present because of conditions that affect bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and skin. Most often, inflammation of tissues is the end result of these diseases, and the inflammation is the source of pain. Back ailments may also present with leg pain.
Leg Pain Symptoms;
Depending upon the cause and the individual situation, symptoms of leg pain may have a wide range of presentation. The pain may be described in a variety of ways, including sharp, dull, heavy, aching, or burning. It may be constant or intermittent or made better or worse with activity or rest. There may be other associated symptoms, depending upon the cause.
Pain from muscles and joints often can be felt or palpated, meaning that touching the area reproduces the pain. However, the pain may radiate from its source to another location, sometimes confusing the patient and the health care practitioner. For example, hip problems may initially present with knee pain. With some injuries and arthritic conditions, pain gradually resolves as the muscle or joint warms up during activity, but other times, the pain may be made worse with use.
Acupuncture Leg Meridians;
The spleen meridian has a total of 21 acupuncture points that run from the toes all the way to the shoulders. The first 11 of them are located along the length of the foot and leg, and it is these meridians that are worked with to treat leg pain. If leg pain is accompanied by lower back pain, such as in sciatica, meridians in the lower back may also be manipulated.
Acupuncture for Non-specific Leg Pain;
Leg pain is considered to respond well to acupuncture treatment, particularly idiopathic or non-specific leg pain. It is understood that acupuncture is beneficial for this type of pain because of its success at reducing inflammation and relieving non-specific pain. This may be beneficial for people who do not want to take over-the-counter or prescription medications for pain that is uncomfortable but not chronic or life threatening because of the possible side effects or contraindications of such medications. Treatment length and frequency for this type of leg pain will depend upon the intensity of the pain and other health conditions of the patient.
Acupuncture for Knee Pain;
Knee pain is very common, particularly among athletes or other people who enjoy regular sports. One of the most common knee injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Damage to the ACL can be caused by sudden twisting movements, landing from a jump or changes in running direction. The risk of ACL damage also increases as you get older because of the gradual reduction in knee cartilage and loss of elasticity. Acupuncture may be effective at relieving this type of knee pain and the accompanying stiffness and muscle weakness. For this type of pain, acupuncture is recommended once each week until significant improvement is noticed.